*Each year friends of actor, activist and philanthropist, Danny Glover, get together at his home to celebrate him. This year, Glover chose to switch things up a bit. After working quietly, yet relentlessly, over the past few years alongside civil rights activist and legend, Harry Belafonte, and Dr. Divine Pryor, executive director and founder of the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions (CNUS) – an independent research, training, and Human Justice Advocacy think tank based in New York City, Glover wants to lend his celebrity to a cause near and dear to his heart: Human Justice: a concept coined by CNUS as the merger of Human Rights and Human Development.
Glover is no stranger to activism. The ‘Color Purple’ and ‘Lethal Weapon’ actor has been a visible force on the front lines of the world stage for decades; working with organizations such as the United Nations and UNICEF to transform lives and embolden the world population as it relates to human rights, economic and social justice, climate change and the environment, as well as education and the arts.
Together with friends and colleagues including actors Alfre Woodard (12 Years A Slave, Crooklyn), Carl Lumbly (Men of Honor, NCIS Los Angeles), Delroy Lindo ( Crooklyn, This Christmas), and Mike Ferrell (M*A*S*H) — Glover’s ‘Human Justice Celebrity Ambassador Circle’ – the actor’s 71st birthday will be the backdrop for the Human Justice Awards and Fundraiser to support the groundbreaking work of CNUS on NYPD projects such as the People’s Police Academy and police diversion for youth.
Glover and his ‘Ambassador Circle’ – a team of like-minded people using their celebrity and resources for positive change – aim to shift the paradigm from criminal justice to Human Justice and assist in the funding efforts of the organization as it sets forth its groundbreaking initiatives in police reform.
The first of its kind, CNUS was founded and developed by academic professionals with prior experience inside the criminal justice system. So passionate about the organization’s mission to impact negative police behavior towards Black and Brown peoples, Pryor, who co-founded CNUS with his late, great mentor, Eddie Ellis, went through a police training program and graduated with the highest honors ever given to a civilian. Dr. Pryor’s work has been lauded by New York City Police Commissioner, William Bratton — who is in touch with him often; as well as the L.A. City Mayor’s office, which has expressed great interest in working with the organization.
At the upcoming event, which takes place in the exclusive View Park section of Los Angeles; on the Quarles family estate, Glover will be presented with the Human Justice Legacy Award, as a result of his lifelong and unwavering commitment to community activism, youth development and social justice.
“Danny’s entire life has been a testimony of his commitment to fairness, decency and self awareness,” CNUS co-founder, Divine Pryor, who first met Glover in 2010. The two were among a group of national thought leaders attending an 1199 SEIU meeting convened by Harry Belafonte.
Pryor adds, “Danny has constantly met each of life’s challenges with courage, bravery and integrity. He is among a small group of celebrities deserving of the ‘Human Justice Legacy Award’ and it is an honor to present it to this global activist and advocate.”
Human Justice Awards 2017: Celebrating the 71st Birthday of Danny Glover, takes place from 6 – 10 pm on Saturday, July 22, on the private estate of the Quarles Family in the View Park area of Los Angeles, California. General Admission is $1,000, Early Bird Tickets – if purchased by July 5th – is $500. Sponsorships of all levels are also available. Click here to purchase tickets or contact Kyung-ji Kate Rhee, deputy director at CNUS, for more information.